nearvideo-partial government shutdown drags on: the Republicans are sure to make a deal with the Democrats that it comprises means for a wall?
The partial federal government shutdown goes into its second week and the new year – to re without an offer-open the government in sight, as both sides dig in over the financing of a barrier on the border with Mexico.
“Our negotiations are in a cul-de-SAC in the moment,” sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “I don’t wish it were so.”
Republicans and Democrats have been at a standstill over President Trump’s demands for $5 billion for the financing of the border wall.
“I campaigned for the border, you do not have without a strong and powerful wall,” Trump tweeted on Monday morning.
The President on Monday denied that he has abandoned the idea of a “concrete wall”, although it acknowledged that the border patrol-prefer agents, and see-through barriers in some places on the border.
“A concrete wall was NEVER tweeted, have been ABANDONED, as reported by the media,” the President. “Some areas are all concrete, but the experts at the border wall Patrol prefer to see (which it is possible to see what’s on both sides) Makes sense to me!”
Trump’s comments appeared in response to the comments made in an interview by the outgoing White house chief of staff John Kelly, said the proposed cross-border project “no wall” and that all plans for a concrete wall have been abandoned a long time ago-seemingly directly contradict the White house’s repeated claims.
“To be honest, it is not a wall,” Kelly said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “The President still says “wall”, often he will say, truly ‘barrier’ or ‘fencing’ now he is steel tend to be in the direction of the slats. But we left a massive concrete wall, and at an early stage in the administration, when we the people asked what they needed and where they needed it.”
TRUMP POINTS TO THE ‘WALL’ BUILT TO OBAMA’S DC HOME DURING THE STRUGGLE FOR THE BORDER WALL-FINANCING
Along the same lines, White house Advisor, Kelly Anne Conway’s discussion of the apparent contradiction called “a silly, semantic argument.”
“It can be a wall in some places, it may, steel blades, it can be technological improvements,” Conway said on “Fox News Sunday.” “But to just say” wall or no wall ” is very disingenuous and a complete turn blind eyes to what is a crisis on the border.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is close to the President, was at a Sunday lunch to say in the White house, told reporters that “the wall is a metaphor for border security”, and referred to “a physical barrier along the border.”
The funding for a number of Federal agencies expired at midnight on Dec. 22 – just a few days before Christmas-after Congress and the White house a spending package passed. Nine out of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies have closed, affecting about a quarter of the Federal government.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., on Fox News Sunday said that the ongoing partial federal government shutdown could end in a matter of hours, if the Democrats are ready to take your own advice from 2006.
“If the Senate is a different way and to approach a better way of border security, they should put the plan on the table. Chuck Schumer, has been said for this in the year 2006,” Scalise. “I would be curious to know what has changed. It is only that Donald Trump is the one you requested now? But if he is I think a better way to this country, it is incumbent on him to show the American people what the plan is.”
OUTGOING CHIEF OF STAFF, JOHN KELLY, HAS TO DO WITH TRUMP IN THE EXIT-INTERVIEW: ‘TO BE HONEST, IT’S A WALL”
In the year 2006, with top Democrats-including Schumer and then-Sen. Barack Obama — the Secure Fence Act of 2006, Obama said, to allow the time would supports help for “better fences and more security at our borders” and would “come some of the flood of illegal immigration into this country.”
The White house called the Secure Fence Act, the mandate of the installation of fences along 700 miles of the southern border, to build the as one of the statutory reasons for a wall, the illegal immigration to be curtailed.
Trump, who cancelled plans to spend Christmas and new year’s eve in Florida, has left dinged Democrats for Washington, amid reports Pelosi for spending the holidays in Hawaii. Fox News has confirmed that Pelosi was vacationing in Kona, Hawaii.
“No, no, thank the Democrats, the leave the city and are not concerned about the safety and security of Americans.” Trump tweeted.
It is unclear what will happen later this week, when the Democrats officially regained control of the house of representatives. Pelosi was trying to blame Republicans for the shutdown.
“Democrats, Republicans have offered three options to re-open government, all the funding for a strong, meaningful and effective border security – but not the President is immoral, ineffective, and expensive-to-wall,” Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, said Friday. “With the house majority, the Democrats will act quickly, by the end of the Trump shut down, and fight for a strategic, robust national security policy, including the strong and smart border security, and strong support for our servicemembers and veterans.”
Also on Monday, the President of its decision defended to pull troops from Syria.
“I campaigned for, always from Syria and other places,” the President tweeted. “If I start now, from the Fake-News media, or some of the failed generals who were not able to do the work before I arrived, complain about me & my tactics work. Just do what I said I wanted to do!”
Graham told reporters on Sunday: “I feel pretty good where we are going” in Syria, after suggesting that Trump “reconsider” the planned exit, the party had moved cross-criticism and forced the resignation of Secretary of defense James Mattis.
Graham emerged from the White house after a two-hour lunch with Trump and said the President “told me some things I didn’t know, which made me feel much better about where we go in Syria.”
To destroy, “he promised, ISIS. He’ll keep that promise,” Graham Trump said. “We are not there yet. But as I said today already, we are inside the 10-yard line, and the President understands the need to finish the job.”
Fox News, Gregg Re, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.